Underwood Added To Grammys; Bradley, Lynn To Be Honored

cuWith the Grammy Awards coming up on Sunday, Jan. 31, more performers are being revealed, and surrounding special events are being finalized. Carrie Underwood has been added to a Michael Jackson tribute along with Celine Dion, Jennifer Hudson, Smokey Robinson, and Usher. The performance will feature the 3-D mini-movie for “Earth Song” that was created by Jackson as the centerpiece of his much anticipated This Is It tour, but was never seen by the public. This will be the first time a major awards show broadcasts in 3-D. CBS, which is airing the show has partnered with Target to offer free 3-D Grammy Glasses for viewers at home. From Sunday, Jan. 24, through Sunday, Jan. 31, Target stores nationwide will have the same glasses which will also be worn by the live audience at the LA Staples Center.

The MJ tribute joins previously announced performances by nominees Beyoncé, the Black Eyed Peas, Bon Jovi, the Dave Matthews Band, Green Day, Lady Antebellum, Lady Gaga, Maxwell, P!nk, Taylor Swift, and the Zac Brown Band.

The Recording Academy will also salute Nashvillians Harold Bradley and Loretta Lynn at the Special Merit Awards Ceremony. Lynn will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award and Bradley will be honored with a Trustees Award. Also being honored that day at the Wilshire Ebell Theater are Leonard Cohen, David “Honeyboy” Edwards, Walter C. Miller, the late Bobby Darin, the late Thomas Edison, and the late Florence Greenberg; as well as representatives of AKG Acoustics Gmbh.

Among the Grammy’s promotional tools to promote the show is the WereAllFans.com Web site, which uses the FanBuzz Visualizer to compose pictures of Grammy-nominated artists using real-time, fan-generated YouTube, Twitter, and Flickr postings.

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